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Kinyongia vosseleri (NIEDEN, 1913)

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Vosseler’s chameleon
G: Vosselers Chamäleon 
SynonymChamaeleon fischeri vosseleri NIEDEN 1913
Bradypodion fischeri — NECAS 1999: 191
Bradypodion fischeri fischeri — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 12
Kinyongia fischeri — TILBURY et al. 2006
Kinyongia fischeri — MARIAUX et al. 2008
Kinyongia vosseleri — TILBURY 2010: 418
Kinyongia vosseleri — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 278 
DistributionTanzania (E Usambara Mts., elevation up to 1500 m)

Type locality: “Usaramo” (most likely in error according to  MARIAUX et al. 2008).  
TypesLectotype: ZMB 51347 (male), Paralectotypes: ZMB 11674, 11819, 19643, 14947, 14948, 14949, 51345, 51346, NMW 23381, MCZ 20194 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Differs from all two-horned species by the absence of horns in females; also differs from all species, except K. tavetana, by its lack of dorsal crests in females; and from all species except K. multituberculata by the presence of a tail crest. Differs from all other species (in males) by discontinuous dorsal crest, on anterior third of back and only reappearing on anterior third of tail. 
CommentThis species used to be called Bradypodion/Kinyongia fischeri until it was removed from its synonymy by MARIAUX et al. 2008. 
EtymologyNamed after Professor Julius Vosseler (1861-1933), a German zoologist. He was in German East Africa (Tanzania) (1903-1909) and was Director of the Hamburg Zoo from 1910. 
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  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Glaw, F. 2015. Taxonomic checklist of chameleons (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). [type catalogue] Vertebrate Zoology 65 (2): 167–246 - get paper here
  • Mariaux, Jean; Lutzmann, N. & Stipala, Jan 2008. The two-horned chamaeleons of East Africa. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2008, 152, 367–391 - get paper here
  • Menegon M, Tolley KA, Jones T, Rovero F, Marshall AR, Tilbury CR 2009. A new species of chameleon (Sauria: Chamaeleonidae: Kinyongia) from the Magombera forest and the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Tanzania. African Journal of Herpetology 58 (2): 59-70 - get paper here
  • Nieden, F. 1913. Chamaeleon fischeri Rchw. und seine Unterarten. Sber. Ges. naturf. Freunde, Berlin 1913: 231-249.
  • Patrick, David A.; Philip Shirk, James R. Vonesh, Elizabeth B. Harper, and Kim M. Howell 2011. Abundance and Roosting Ecology of Chameleons in the East Usambara Mountains of Tanzania and the Potential Effects of Harvesting. Herp. Cons. Biol. 6 (3) - get paper here
  • Schmidt, W.; Tamm, K. & Wallikewitz, E. 2010. Chamäleons - Drachen unserer Zeit. Natur und Tier Verlag, 328 pp. [review in Reptilia 101: 64, 2013] - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • Tilbury C.R., Tolley K.A. & Branch W.R. 2006. A review of the systematics of the genus Bradypodion (Sauria: Chamaeleonidae), with the description of two new genera. Zootaxa 1363, 23–38 (correction in Zootaxa 1426: 68) - get paper here
  • Tilbury, C. 2010. Chameleons of Africa: An Atlas, Including the Chameleons of Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt M., 831 pp.
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